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Law Summit Looks at Contemporary Latino Issues
Professor Gerald Torres will be the keynote speaker for the Oct. 20 Latino Law Summit
October 14, 2005
“Awareness, Agenda, and Action” is the theme of the Latino Law Summit to be held at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on October 20, 2005. Professor Gerald Torres will be the keynote speaker.
The symposium, sponsored by the Moritz Law Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA), will cultivate an intellectual discussion on contemporary Latino issues including guest worker programs and immigration policy, the Latino role in the political process, and education and economic attainment. Summit 2005 will bring together distinguished legal scholars in the Latino community to share their insight on the Latino experience.
“This is the first gathering of this type at the Moritz College of Law,” said Christopher Fairman, Associate Professor of Law and faculty sponsor of HLSA. “Summit 2005 brings together leading scholars to focus on Latino legal issues. We hope to increase the awareness in the college and university communities of a different perspective – one that is often ignored in the Midwest.”
The Latino community is the fastest growing demographic in the United States, according to Fairman. At 41.3 million strong, Latinos now constitute one-seventh of the U. S. population. In many Southwestern states, Latino "minorities" are quickly emerging as the majority. With the number of Latinos rising in nearly every state, the face of the U.S. population is changing.
“I'm often asked, ‘Isn't Ohio an odd place for a Latino conference?'” continued Professor Fairman. “The reality is that in the last decade, the Latino population in Ohio alone has grown over 55 percent according to census data. Latino growth and influence is only going to continue.”
Other confirmed Summit 2005 participants include:
- Gilberto Cardenas, Assistant Provost, Júlian Samora Chair in Latino Studies and Director, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame;
- Patricia Enciso, Coordinator of Latino/a Studies and Associate Professor, College of Education, The Ohio State University;
- Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington;
- Rafael Gely, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law;
- Kevin R. Johnson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Davis;
- María Pabón López, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-director, Latin American Law Summer Program, Indiana University, Indianapolis;
- Hiram Jose Irizarry Osorio, Research Associate, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, The Ohio State University;
- Mary Romero, Professor, School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University.M